When it comes to safety, many Americans worry most about the stories they see on TV — incidents such as airplane crashes, shark attacks and severe weather. However, while these types of disasters often headline network news, everyday threats to safety are far more common. If you ask me, the greatest threat to our safety is the shortage of bacon I keep hearing about. Save the pigs!
To call attention to safety concerns at home, work, and on the road, the National Safety Council devotes the month of June to raise awareness about what it takes to stay safe. We consider it a privilege to mark the occasion with this week’s blog post, because our mission at the RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services is to save lives through training, with the motto “Be Safe!”
In observance of National Safety Month, we challenge you to take steps to reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in your homes and communities. You may be surprised to learn that, during the course of your lifetime, you are far more likely to be killed while doing common, everyday things than you are to be the victim of a natural disaster or crime. I spend a lot of blog-time talking about crazy disasters. But some everyday things are just as dangerous. In fact, the National Safety Council reports:
- Your chances of being killed unintentionally through poison or a fall is one in 31, whereas your risk of being assaulted by someone brandishing a weapon is just one in 358.
- Your risk of dying following an overdose of a prescription painkiller is one in 234, whereas your likelihood of suffering from electrocution is just one in 12,200. So I guess it’s safer to play outside in the thunder and lightning than to eat prescription medication. Good to know.
- Your odds of fatality in a motor vehicle crash are one in 112, while your chance of being in a plane crash are just one in 8,015. That’s why I prefer walking to driving.
- You have a one in 144 chance of dying from falling out of a tree and only a one in 6,780 chance of being killed in a thunderstorm.
- Your chances of being killed while riding in a car is one in 470. But you only have a one in 164,968 chance of dying from a lightning strike. My own four paws are much safer than any motor vehicle.
- While walking down the street or crossing the street, your risk of dying is one in 704, but your risk of fatality resulting from a bee, hornet or wasp sting is one in 55,764.
To reduce your risk of injury or death from everyday activities, follow these seven safety tips:
- Drive the speed limit. Or walk wherever you need to go.
- Wear a seatbelt.
- Designate a driver or call a taxi or driving service such as Uber. Or forego the liquor.
- Pull over if you need to read or answer a text message or make a call.
- Wipe away spills and tuck away cords. This is particularly important if the spills are on top of cords.
- #BeSafe at home by installing handrails and non-slip bathmats.
- Take only the type and quantity of prescription drugs you have been prescribed.
For more information about National Safety Month, check out the National Safety Council website. We hope that this blog post will motivate you to do whatever it takes to #BeSafe. A convenient and affordable way to make sure you are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe to the RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services, which has been designed to help improve and save lives.
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